Academic journal article
By Katz, Rebecca S
Political and Military Sociology , Vol. 32, No. 1
Inequality, Power, and Development: Issues in Political Sociology (2nd ed.) by Jerry Kloby. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2003. (pp. 315 / S70 [cloth])
Few sociology texts extensively review global issues of inequality even as economic inequality grows prolifically and causes significant damage to the world's ethnic minority peoples across all geographic borders. However, Kloby's book accomplishes this feat by extensively reviewing the relationship between transnational corporate exploitation, the extensive reach of Western political institutions, and the alleged "free trade" or neo-liberal policies of the world's richest nation-states and international financial institutions.
Even for those of us who fail to include a political sociology course in our curriculums, this text is a necessity for introductory sociology courses, inequality courses, and criminology courses that dare to take a critical worldview of current socio-economic and political dynamics. The extensiveness of the information provided includes a clear and cogent exposure of the global absence of unionization, basic health care coverage, and availability of basic foodstuffs while effectively dismissing the neo-liberal claim of a relationship between over-population and hunger. The author also elucidates a variety of subjects that remain absent from many courses and texts such as the use of an indicator of the overall quality of life globally through the Human Development Index and the relationship between ethnic minority status and corporate exploitation of human and natural resources.
The author's coverage of U.S. corruption, deception, international crimes, and usurpation of the legislative branch of the government is daunting. This chapter should be mandatory reading for students in white-collar crime courses, inequality courses, sociology of the military as well as political sociology courses. Readers are informed in a straightforward manner of U.S. CIA-led coups and training of the marauding murderous guerrilla forces from Latin America to Africa and the Middle East; this information should inspire students to fight against elite corruption of the American political process. …